POSITION: Program Officer
TEAM: Programs
REPORTS TO: Director, Government and Diplomatic Programs


The primary responsibility of the Program Officer is to help develop, manage, and execute the programs, meetings, and events that serve the general membership, public constituencies, and Council’s leadership groups in Chicago, domestically, and globally. These programs include luncheon lectures, breakfast discussions, seminars, roundtable discussions, and multi-session symposia with key domestic and international experts, political figures, authors, and scholars. They cover a wide range of global issues, including foreign policy, security, global economics, and technology. In support of the Director’s portfolio, the Program Officer also assists in the development of a variety of initiatives to broaden the reach and heighten the impact of the Council’s work.


  • Serve as project manager for a portfolio of Council programs to include developing the content, managing the logistics, and building awareness among general membership and the broader community 
  • Research, identify, and recruit key domestic and international speakers for timely, policy-rich programs as well as build multi-sectoral global audiences
  • Produce and write program announcements and other materials for the Council’s website and programs
  • Draft invitation letters, manage responses and logistics, and communicate with speakers and stakeholders
  • Provide support at Council events, requiring some evening and early morning hours; moderate travel required
  • Support ongoing initiatives related to the Director’s portfolio through research, tracking, and writing, as required 
  • Coordinate closely with other Council staff members on program-related topics
  • Occasionally assist at the front desk to relieve the Reception and Database Services Assistant in meeting/greeting Council constituents and handling incoming calls
  • Perform other projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years’ experience managing multi-faceted, high-profile events or other related experience
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with global issues, international work and/or study experience suggested
  • Keen attention to detail; excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally in a creative, fast-paced, intellectual team environment.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org and follow @ChicagoCouncil. 


Please email a cover letter and résumé as Word documents to hr@thechicagocouncil.org. Other career opportunities can be found on the Council’s website at www.thechicagocouncil.org. EOE